The Client Attraction Blog

How to make the most of your new networking contacts

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 18, 2014

how-to-make-the-most-of-your-new-networking-contactsNetworking is one of the most powerful marketing tools you can use to attract clients and build your business. I recommend that every business owner join a networking group with regular weekly meetings. The more people you meet, the more contacts you add to your marketing database.

Sometimes, my students struggle with keeping track of contacts. After a networking event, you’ve collected a lot of business cards and may not know how to organize them or stay in touch. I’m going to share a few ways to help you make the most of your new networking contacts.

First, let me clarify that networking is not a game to collect as many cards as possible. Instead, you want to gather cards from people you want to speak with again, can help in some way or who might become good strategic partners. Networking is not about quantity, but the quality of the contacts you make. This way, you aren’t trying to stay in touch with the world. Your efforts are more targeted and as a result, more effective.

1. Take Notes. It’s not easy to remember where you met a new person which is why I suggest you take notes right on each business card. Jot down the place you met and then any details such as:

• What they do
• Their interests
• Desired follow-up timing
• Any agreements you made like sending your newsletter or free offer

Not only will this jog your memory about what transpired in your conversation, but you can also hand the cards off to your Virtual Assistant (VA) to add to your database or email list if the individual has asked for your resources.

2. Bend a Corner. If the person you meet is someone you definitely want to speak to again, the easiest thing you can do to make them stick out is to bend one corner of their business card. I learned this trick from one of my colleagues and it’s so simple. This is your signal to follow up when you get back to the office.

3. Add to your list - but only if they asked to be added. Networking events are great places to build your email list, but you shouldn’t just go ahead and add everyone to your list whose business card you collected. If someone is interested in learning more about your business, ask if they would like to receive your newsletter. If they say yes, make a note and instruct your assistant to add these names to your list.

Once you’ve got the process worked out for handling the cards, the follow up will be much easier. You’ll be able to send people what you promised and foster strong relationships going forward.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Do you have a big pile of business cards that need to be added to a contact system? Don’t put this project off! Get someone to help you, whether it’s someone local, someone from Odesk.com or someone you find on Craig’s List. Load up the data, add them to your newsletter list and send each one a warm letter. It’s time to make the most of your new networking contacts.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

The best way to convert leads as an event sponsor

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 16, 2014

the-best way-to-convert-leads-as-an-event-sponsorWhen you’re a sponsor or have an exhibit at a big event, your main goal is to convert leads into new clients as much possible. You want the opportunity to talk to people about what you do, let them get to know you, and then schedule a follow up appointment so you can go more in depth with them.

Step #1: Get Clear on Ideal Client
The first step is to get very clear on who your ideal clients are. If you don’t know, review your best 25-100 clients to see what they have in common.

Step #2: Talk about Your Ideal Client
Once you identify your ideal client, then you can start to talk about that with people who visit the booth. Say something like, “I work with people whose issues tend to be…” or, “I work with people who need this the most right now…” This helps people self-select to learn more about working with you or your products. This is similar to information you can put on your website to clarify for visitors what you do and who you work best with.

Step #3: How to Share Your Message
To clearly communicate who your ideal clients are, you can:

  • Provide a handout that can be picked up at your booth
  • Relay the message in a conversation
  • Play a video loop on your laptop throughout the day

The script for the video could go something like this, “Hi this is John. Here’s who I work with and who I don’t work with. This is what you struggle with. This is what you need most right now. These are the results you’ll get. Now you know you’re in the right place.”

The key is to differentiate yourself from everybody else and establish your expertise by getting crystal clear on who you work with, so people can self-select.

Minimize Tire-Kickers
To be sure you are qualifying your leads, ask prospects to do the same homework you would if they came to you from your website. Have them fill out the paperwork and email everything back to you prior to your “get acquainted” call. This practice helps you minimize tire-kickers who aren’t serious about working with you.

Short Follow-Up Sessions Work Best
The last thing to consider is to keep sessions to 20-minutes or less. You don’t want to give away your material during a long conversation. The purpose of the “get acquainted” call is to talk about the person’s problems and how you can help, not to provide solutions on the spot.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Have you done enough work on identifying your ideal client? This is such an essential piece of the marketing pie because everything else you do is based on this basic understanding. Once you understand who your target is, you’ll find it much easier to locate where they hang out. Plus, you‘ll be able to see who else talks to this group so you can find joint venture partners easily as well. If your ideal client is still a bit of a mystery, take time this week to gain the clarity you need for greater success.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Information products: when to create, sell and deliver them

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 11, 2014

Information products: when to create, sell and deliver themStudents often ask me when they can start making passive income with information products. They are anxious to generate cash flow that’s not tied to an hourly fee. But information products are not the fastest path to cash: private clients are. So if you are new in business, your first priority is to fill your pipeline and practice with private clients.

When to Create Your Information Product
Your second priority is to build your list. Once your list size gets to about 1,000 contacts, you now have enough leverage to start generating passive income by selling products.

How to Promote Your Product
Once my list reached 1,000 people, I created the Client Attraction Boot Camp, which included class recordings, transcripts and Q&A call recordings. The program was promoted to my list with a typical hour-long teleclass, explaining what client attraction content was included in the program and what potential buyers could expect.

Working with joint venture partners is another great way to expand your reach and promote the program to an even broader audience. In addition, partnerships help build your list quickly. The bigger your database, the more people you can market to for client attraction.

How to Deliver Your Products
The next challenge is how to provide access to your program online. At first, I simply posted all the recordings, transcripts and Q&A calls on my website without any password protection. Buyers were provided with a link to a certain page and I sent out an email with a link to this page every time a new recording was posted.

When sales started to escalate, I looked into a more automated delivery process which was member-based. Naturally, there is a monthly fee attached to this system. If you aren’t ready to make that kind of investment and prefer something less expensive, there are alternatives. One good option if you have a WordPress site is a system called Wishlist Membership plug-in.

Either way, these systems guard your materials. After purchasing your program, buyers need a password to gain access to the information. Using software like this keeps people from sharing the links with others who have not purchased your product. As your list grows and the number of people who buy your product increases, greater control makes sense.

Once you get some momentum going, becoming more automated is appropriate. Then people can start your program anytime to get their weekly lessons and you won’t have to keep track of which week each person is in – the software takes care of that for you. Relying on automated systems gives you more time to focus on client attraction.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Have you thought about creating an information product? One easy way to do this is to record a live teleclass series. Then you can make it available for purchase so customers get the same great learning, just not “live” with you. That’s why the fee for a program like this is lower than a live program where people can interact with you.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Ten fast marketing methods to fill your local events

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 9, 2014

ten-fast-marketing-methods-to-fill-your-local-eventsDo you have a workshop coming up? Woohoo! First, give yourself a pat on the back. Next, let’s talk about what you’re going to do to fill the seats and get the most people participating. Check out this list of simple suggestions that are free or relatively inexpensive:

1. Make an Announcement to Your Email List. Your own contact list has the people most likely to register for your event, making this is the best place to start. Send out a few personally crafted emails with details to encourage readers to register.

2. Post the Event on Your Website. If you have an event calendar on your website, make sure to list it there so visitors can learn about your program and sign up.

3. Post on Social Media. Announce your event on all social media platforms and be sure to include a link to register in every post. Always make it easy for people to sign up.

4. Post on Local Event Calendars. Many cities and towns have local calendars where you can list an event. You’ll need to research what is available in your area.

5. Post on Patch and Craig’s List. Most towns have a local Patch.com extension where you can post your event and Craig’s List is another great resource with local access.

6. Hand Out Fliers at Networking Events. When I started out doing small workshops at my home, I created fliers on bright neon paper with all the details. I handed these out to people at every event instead of my business card. Don’t be afraid to ask people to share with others.

7. Ask for Referrals at BNI Meetings. At your Business Networking International (BNI) weekly meeting, hand out a flier and ask your team to share with people they think could benefit. You can also attend other BNI groups and pass them out to expand your exposure.

8. Make an Announcement in Your Warm Letter. Send out a wave of “Warm Letters” to your contact list providing details of your upcoming event. Ask your contacts to pass along information to any of their own contacts that might benefit from the workshop.

9. Ask Strategic Partners to Share. If you have started lining up strategic partners who are professionals targeting the same audience, they are perfect to help you spread the word. Have coffee with a few if time permits and ask them to consider who of their own clients might be interested, and then invite them.

10. Ask Strategic Partners to Send an Email. You can also ask select strategic partners to send out an email to their list for you. You might offer partners an incentive for anyone who signs up from their list. If you are already set up for affiliates, this is the ideal way to reward a partner’s assistance.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
When planning an event, be sure to plan how you’ll fill the seats. All the great material in the world won’t anyone help if people don’t sign up. You can use a few of these marketing methods to spread the word, or get really busy and try them all!

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Five steps for great relationships when working with vendors

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 4, 2014

five-steps-for-great-relationships-when-working-with-vendorsWhen you hire people to help with big business projects, you will likely have ideas about what you want. That’s perfectly fine. However when you’re working with vendors, the smartest thing you can do is be open to their suggestions and advice. This is especially true for a first-time creative project where you have little experience, like creating a new website or designing a logo.

This is uncharted territory for many new business owners. In this situation, you want to be the dumbest person in the room so you can learn from experts who know their craft.

I’ll admit it – the truth about me is that I am a bit willful. I know what I want, and I want it the way I want it. At the same time, I try to remain open to get the best advice. It’s not a problem, as long as you learn how to work with your vendors to get the most out of their service and the end result you seek.

I recommend you follow these five steps when working with outside resources:

1. Do the Research. When you start a new project, take time to investigate what you like and don’t like. Look for examples to share with the person you hire. The more specific direction you provide to your vendor, the closer the finished product will be to your vision. The time you invest up front is well worth it and far less expensive than having the work redone later.

2. Listen to the Experts. You hired your web or graphic designer for a reason. Even though you may have preferences, I recommend you try to listen to the experts. Do your best to hear them out and consider their advice. They do this work every day, so they usually know what they are talking about.

3. Open Communication. Feel free to communicate what you like and don’t like. Of course, be very polite when sharing your feedback. Think about how you’d want to hear feedback about your own work and treat them the way you want to be treated. Showing respect can help you build a strong working relationship that can last.

4. Trust Your Gut. Sometimes you just know what you want. You can certainly express your “must haves” for the project and then talk about how you can work together once these primary areas meet your needs. Have confidence in knowing your own mind and taste.

5. Set Clear Deliverables. If your vendor doesn’t offer you a schedule, please ask for one. This is a completely acceptable request. As much as just being informed about each step as it’s completed can work too. But you don’t want to be left hanging, wondering when you’ll hear from the expert again. As long as you know the next step and ask to be posted on changes, you should be in good shape.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Do you have a big project scheduled to start soon? The worst thing you can do is tell your vendor, “I don’t know what I want but will know it when I see it.” Invest now in yourself and your business by getting clear on what you want for the finished product.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Three ways to build your email list in person

Fabienne Fredrickson
December 2, 2014

email-listYou’ve created a compelling Irresistible Free Offer (IFO) to build your email list on your website. This is a powerful way to encourage visitors to share their name and email address in exchange for valuable information. The bigger your list of contacts, the more prospects you build relationships with by sending your marketing materials.

The Irresistible Free Offer is often a free report, ebook, audio program or video series that provides strategies around your ideal client’s biggest problem – the one that keeps them up at night. Your offer shares information about the highly desired solution they seek.

However, to build your email list even more rapidly, there are many other ways you can use your IFO beyond your website. To start, clearly identify your ideal client and then think about where you can find them, in person. This will help you figure out how to expand your reach so the most people possible can gain access to your IFO.

These are three of my favorite methods to broaden your exposure in person:

1. Speaking Engagements. Bringing up your IFO is so easy during a presentation, and it’s simple to provide the audience with access. Mention your offer and then tell people to fill out a signup sheet or drop a business card into a basket going around. Either way, everyone who gives you their name and email will be sent your free offer.

2. Your Business Card. When networking, tell everyone you exchange business cards with about your offer and how they can get a copy. Also, put the text on your card about how to get your IFO. The back of your business card is often unused real estate – now you can put it to work for you! This works great anywhere you go, whether you are in your hometown or traveling for business. The more people who have your card, the more potential prospects will be added to your list.

3. Joint Venture Partners. Working with partners who serve the same ideal clients as you do is a fantastic way to expand your reach and expose more prospects to your IFO. Your partner might send out a dedicated email encouraging her list to get your IFO, host you on a teleclass or offer your free gift as part of a larger giveaway. Partnerships are one of the fastest list building methods available.

Basically, the more ways you can find to share your free offer, the faster you will build your email list. Your business will start to gain momentum once your email list reaches 1,000 contacts. Building your list helps to fill your pipeline and keeps new customers and clients coming into your marketing funnel. That’s how you fill your practice and grow your business.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Do you have an Irresistible Free Offer? If you do, take a minute to review and notice if there’s anything you can update or tweak to keep your offer current and helpful. If you don’t have one, it’s time to create this powerful incentive for prospects. Your IFO is a dynamic way to share your brilliance and the solutions your prospects avidly seek, as well as let people get to know you.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving from Client Attraction

Fabienne Fredrickson
November 27, 2014

Hi there!

Sending you big hugs and wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Derek and I are hosting lots of friends and family (22 people around our table today!) and I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for you. It’s been a wonderful year of momentum and firsts at The Client Attraction Business School™, and we are even clearer than ever before that our favorite place to be is hanging out and championing entrepreneurs who change the world every day. That’s you, thank you for being part of our lives.

We believe in you and your ability to play a much bigger game in your business. Just wanted to remind you that we love you and we’re here for you, always. ☺

When you can take a brief moment to yourself today or this weekend, please watch my special “Thanksgiving” themed video above. I have a special Client Attraction Challenge for you over this holiday. It will give you even more confidence as you finish off this year and head into the New Year (i.e. it’ll help you attract more clients and grow your business even further).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Fabienne (and Derek, and the entire Client Attraction Team)

p.s. As you probably know by now, The Client Attraction System® is going away soon. Just a friendly reminder to get it before we take it down, OK? After that, it will only be available to CABS students and nowhere else… You can read all the pretty cool results from some of our thousands of students here. Enjoy and gobble gobble!

Should I do a telesummit or more networking?

Fabienne Fredrickson
November 25, 2014

Should I do a telesummit or more networkingWhen you are building your business, it can be difficult to know exactly what to focus on. There are so many ways to foster growth and sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the choices. I often talk with students about the “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome,” which means being distracted by every new idea or fun opportunity.

Even if you set specific goals for yourself, the pull to do the “new thing” and follow that shiny object can be powerful. For example, one of my students, Sam, set up all her objectives for the year and started to execute them. Then, she got this intuitive feeling she should take time off from her regular marketing activities to host a telesummit to attract clients.

Sam was aware she was getting off-track and wondered if the telesummit was a good idea or a bright shiny object. She asked me what I thought would be the most productive use of her time.

You know how I’m all about being transparent, so I had to admit that I’ve never produced a telesummit myself. What I have seen with students who took on this type of program is that it requires a tremendous amount of time and organization to put it together. There could be better ways for Sam to invest her time to attract clients and get the results she wanted.

I don’t want to take the wind out of anyone’s sails who is thinking about doing a telesummit; plenty of business owners run these events and benefit from them. Instead, ask yourself these questions to figure out if you’re off base: “Is this the best time to conduct a telesummit? Could something else promote more business for me?”

Let’s examine this idea further. Say it takes 50 – 100 hours to produce from start to finish, including finding partners, lining up technology, promoting the program and fulfilling client requests. Now, if you took that big chunk of time and applied it to complete three other big marketing tasks, would you get bigger results?

Of course I can’t really answer that for anyone. Only you can decide the best options for growing your business. But, I recommend you try this type of analysis. Nothing is guaranteed, yet my bet is if you invested time in speaking, networking, sending out warm letters and calling people on your list of low hanging fruit (prospects), you could end up with far better results.

For Sam, the telesummit might be a bright shiny object. If you’ve been contemplating producing one of these events yourself, ask yourself the questions to see if it’s right for you or there are better ways to attract clients and drum up new business.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Are you a victim of “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome,” chasing one new idea after another? If this applies to you, take time to sit down and think about other marketing opportunities that can deliver stronger results with potentially less effort.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Everything you need to know about speaking

Fabienne Fredrickson
November 20, 2014

everything-you-need-to-know-about-speakingWhen you are starting a new business or working to grow your business, speaking can be an incredible marketing tool to get new clients. I want to share with you everything you need to know about speaking. Follow this guide on where to speak, what to talk about and how to get results.

Where to Speak
There are many different types of free speaking opportunities. Here are five ideas to get you started:

  1. Rotary Clubs – Nearly every town has a group that meets weekly for lunch that needs a 10-minute speaker. This is one of the easiest speaking gigs to get and it offers great practice and networking.
  2. Business Networking International (BNI) – As a member, you’ll be given the chance to speak to the group about what you do and how they can help you find clients.
  3. Additional Networking Groups – Women’s networking groups are popular all over the country and most meeting formats include a speaker.
  4. Trade Associations – Search the web for trade associations that are related to the service or products you offer. Often, monthly meetings feature a speaker and this can be an opportunity.
  5. Your Own Event – You can run your own local event by posting flyers and letting your mailing list know. Think about local referral sources that can also help you fill seats.

What to Talk About
Now that you know where to speak, it’s time to figure out what to say. You want to provide people with high-value content on your topic, explaining what they need to know and why that’s important. But, you’ll only share a little of the “how to.” Mention there’s more information and deeper learning in a program or product coming up soon. Also, be sure to talk about client success stories so listeners know your material gets results.

How to Get Results
I recommend two main elements for closing your presentation to get clients:

  1. Testimonials and Program or Service Descriptions. Place one sheet with client success stories and another with your program details on each person’s seat before they arrive. This helps attendees understand what you do and warm up to working with you.
  2. Closing Script. Toward the end of your presentation, say something like, “I hope you’ve gotten great information today and you plan to apply what you’ve learned. You you’ve underlined parts and taken notes, but don’t put the book back on the shelf. That won’t help you get results.

Explain that if they like what they heard and want to apply this knowledge, they should give you a call. Say, “Let’s chat so I can understand your situation and see if I can help. Maybe one of my programs makes sense for you, or you could work with me privately. I’m very approachable so feel free to come up to me after this talk or take my business card and give me a call in the morning. I can help in whatever way feels right.”

People appreciate this approach and don’t feel it’s a hard-core sales approach. Following these steps will absolutely help you get results and get clients.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to write your signature speech. Having one talk to deliver wherever you go simplifies your life and allows you to perfect the speech time and time again.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Set up systems before business growth, not after

Fabienne Fredrickson
November 18, 2014

set-up-systems-before-business-growth-not-afterAs your business starts to take off, handling every phone call or email inquiry yourself will no longer be possible. At some point you will become too busy to effectively field every question or speak to every new prospect.

Some business owners feel overwhelmed during this exciting period of growth. They’re worried that customers and opportunities might fall through the cracks. Some students have even told me they wished the calls would stop because they just can’t answer one more question! Don’t let this happen to you.

A lack of systems around business growth can cause you to send mixed messages to the Universe. To visualize the impact this might have, put both your hands out in front of you, one with the palm out like you’re saying “stop” and the other waving business in. Doing these two motions is like saying, “Come in” and “Don’t come in” at the same time!

Set Up Systems to Manage Inquiries
Start by hiring someone to manage all initial inquiries for you from social media, email, voicemail or live calls. You’ll need to develop a step-by-step plan that addresses each type of inquiry and the process to handle it. Then assign these tasks to your team or virtual assistant, not yourself.

For example, at The Client Attraction Business School, one person handles all the requests for my free CD and fulfills them. Someone else responds to all inquiries about working with me and assists new prospects in filling out the application. The same thing goes for voice mail inquiries; another staff member takes care of those.

Setting up these systems ensures every inbound piece of communication will be dealt with properly and systematically. This automates the process so everyone knows what to do and when to do it. You need support to carry this out and methods to make sure nothing goes unattended.

Invest in Your Success
It is essential to set up systems before business growth so you can be prepared to handle the potential flood of communication. Planning ahead is completely worthwhile because you are investing in the success of your company, with long-term results in mind.

One of my students struggled with this because of her clients’ expectation. Everyone contacting wanted to speak directly to her. To remedy this and shift expectations, she put photos of her team on many of the contact pages and removed the photos of herself. This way, people weren’t so disappointed when they initially connected with a team member.

Your Client Attraction Assignment
Do you have a system set up to handle a surge of new customers? If not, start planning now. Talk to your team to create systems. If you don’t have staff, this is the time to get started with a virtual assistant.

This is just one of the many best practices we dive deep into with the students of The Client Attraction Business School, the premier training school for growth-minded entrepreneurs looking to quickly attract more clients and make more money. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit www.ClientAttractionBusinessSchool.com for more details. To speak to an enrollment coach, click here.

Get Started Today

fpo_mini-cdGet your business into gear with our expert advice—all included on the audio CD!

Sign me up for my audio CD!

Find out how to use my step-by-step Client Attraction methods so you can be a success.

Next Live Event

Mindset Retreat

Oct. 8-10, 2015 • Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Next Webinar

The Half-Day Solution

On tour in a city near you

Close

Sign me up for my audio CD!

Find out how to use my step-by-step Client Attraction methods so you can be a success.

Close

Get in touch with us by filling out the information below and one of our caring Enrollment Coaches will be happy to contact you to set up a time to chat and see if we can help…




Close